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International News Flow Online

Global Views with Local Perspectives


Elad Segev

Why are some countries more newsworthy than others? What are the similarities and differences in the scope of international news presented in different languages and cultures? How does international news affect our perception of the world? In this book, Elad Segev explores international news flow on the internet by addressing these key questions.
Segev provides a comparative analysis of the international scope of online newspapers, news portals, and news aggregators in different languages and cultures, using innovative web mining techniques and network analysis. This book explores the theory of news flow around the world, and analyses many of its dimensions such as the global standing of the United States, the Middle Eastern conflicts as seen around the world, and, the effect of financial news. In doing so, the book unveils new patterns, meanings and implications of international news on our perception of the world.
Following these insights, the author discusses the opportunities and challenges of studying international news flow online in the future, and how this field of research can be further developed theoretically and empirically.
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Chapter 10. International News Flow: Summary and Conclusion


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International news provides a fascinating story about powerful countries and their influence on the regional and global world order. This volume assembled various longitudinal and comparative studies, conducted on the macro and micro level, in order to provide a broad summary of the field. It further advanced the news-flow theory, unveiling the structural patterns in international news and their impact on people from around the world. The contributions of this book are therefore both theoretical and empirical. They are outlined below following the three-part structure of the book, addressing three main questions: Why some countries are more newsworthy than others, what the similarities and differences are in the international news in different countries, and how international news affects the perceptions and views of people around the world.

One of the advantages of the current volume is that it utilized a unique dataset of international news from various countries. Software developed specifically for this large project mined the web and collected international news items from various popular online sources in different languages, and automatically extracted relevant information such as the countries mentioned, their interactions with other countries, and their news sentiments. The studies presented in the book were based on similar data and procedures, addressing ← 157 | 158 → a wide range of questions and perspectives. By maintaining systematic and coherent methods the findings in each chapter supported and completed each other, drawing a comprehensive picture...

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